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English Dictionary: screw by the DICT Development Group
6 results for screw
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. someone who guards prisoners [syn: prison guard, jailer, jailor, gaoler, screw, turnkey]
  2. a simple machine of the inclined-plane type consisting of a spirally threaded cylindrical rod that engages with a similarly threaded hole
  3. a propeller with several angled blades that rotates to push against water or air
    Synonym(s): screw, screw propeller
  4. a fastener with a tapered threaded shank and a slotted head
  5. slang for sexual intercourse
    Synonym(s): fuck, fucking, screw, screwing, ass, nooky, nookie, piece of ass, piece of tail, roll in the hay, shag, shtup
  1. have sexual intercourse with; "This student sleeps with everyone in her dorm"; "Adam knew Eve"; "Were you ever intimate with this man?"
    Synonym(s): sleep together, roll in the hay, love, make out, make love, sleep with, get laid, have sex, know, do it, be intimate, have intercourse, have it away, have it off, screw, fuck, jazz, eff, hump, lie with, bed, have a go at it, bang, get it on, bonk
  2. turn like a screw
  3. cause to penetrate, as with a circular motion; "drive in screws or bolts"
    Synonym(s): screw, drive in
  4. tighten or fasten by means of screwing motions; "Screw the bottle cap on"
    Antonym(s): unscrew
  5. defeat someone through trickery or deceit
    Synonym(s): cheat, chouse, shaft, screw, chicane, jockey
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Screw \Screw\ (skr[udd]), n. [OE. scrue, OF. escroue, escroe,
      female screw, F. [82]crou, L. scrobis a ditch, trench, in
      LL., the hole made by swine in rooting; cf. D. schroef a
      screw, G. schraube, Icel. skr[umac]fa.]
      1. A cylinder, or a cylindrical perforation, having a
            continuous rib, called the thread, winding round it
            spirally at a constant inclination, so as to leave a
            continuous spiral groove between one turn and the next, --
            used chiefly for producing, when revolved, motion or
            pressure in the direction of its axis, by the sliding of
            the threads of the cylinder in the grooves between the
            threads of the perforation adapted to it, the former being
            distinguished as the external, or male screw, or, more
            usually the screw; the latter as the internal, or female
            screw, or, more usually, the nut.
      Note: The screw, as a mechanical power, is a modification of
               the inclined plane, and may be regarded as a
               right-angled triangle wrapped round a cylinder, the
               hypotenuse of the marking the spiral thread of the
               screw, its base equaling the circumference of the
               cylinder, and its height the pitch of the thread.
      2. Specifically, a kind of nail with a spiral thread and a
            head with a nick to receive the end of the screw-driver.
            Screws are much used to hold together pieces of wood or to
            fasten something; -- called also {wood screws}, and {screw
            nails}. See also {Screw bolt}, below.
      3. Anything shaped or acting like a screw; esp., a form of
            wheel for propelling steam vessels. It is placed at the
            stern, and furnished with blades having helicoidal
            surfaces to act against the water in the manner of a
            screw. See {Screw propeller}, below.
      4. A steam vesel propelled by a screw instead of wheels; a
            screw steamer; a propeller.
      5. An extortioner; a sharp bargainer; a skinflint; a niggard.
      6. An instructor who examines with great or unnecessary
            severity; also, a searching or strict examination of a
            student by an instructor. [Cant, American Colleges]
      7. A small packet of tobacco. [Slang] --Mayhew.
      8. An unsound or worn-out horse, useful as a hack, and
            commonly of good appearance. --Ld. Lytton.
      9. (Math.) A straight line in space with which a definite
            linear magnitude termed the pitch is associated (cf. 5th
            {Pitch}, 10
            (b) ). It is used to express the displacement of a rigid
                  body, which may always be made to consist of a
                  rotation about an axis combined with a translation
                  parallel to that axis.
      10. (Zo[94]l.) An amphipod crustacean; as, the skeleton screw
            ({Caprella}). See {Sand screw}, under {Sand}.
      {Archimedes screw}, {Compound screw}, {Foot screw}, etc. See
            under {Archimedes}, {Compound}, {Foot}, etc.
      {A screw loose}, something out of order, so that work is not
            done smoothly; as, there is a screw loose somewhere. --H.
      {Endless, [or] perpetual, {screw}, a screw used to give
            motion to a toothed wheel by the action of its threads
            between the teeth of the wheel; -- called also a {worm}.
      {Lag screw}. See under {Lag}.
      {Micrometer screw}, a screw with fine threads, used for the
            measurement of very small spaces.
      {Right and left screw}, a screw having threads upon the
            opposite ends which wind in opposite directions.
      {Screw alley}. See {Shaft alley}, under {Shaft}.
      {Screw bean}. (Bot.)
            (a) The curious spirally coiled pod of a leguminous tree
                  ({Prosopis pubescens}) growing from Texas to
                  California. It is used for fodder, and ground into
                  meal by the Indians.
            (b) The tree itself. Its heavy hard wood is used for
                  fuel, for fencing, and for railroad ties.
      {Screw bolt}, a bolt having a screw thread on its shank, in
            distinction from a {key bolt}. See 1st {Bolt}, 3.
      {Screw box}, a device, resembling a die, for cutting the
            thread on a wooden screw.
      {Screw dock}. See under {Dock}.
      {Screw engine}, a marine engine for driving a screw
      {Screw gear}. See {Spiral gear}, under {Spiral}.
      {Screw jack}. Same as {Jackscrew}.
      {Screw key}, a wrench for turning a screw or nut; a spanner
      {Screw machine}.
            (a) One of a series of machines employed in the
                  manufacture of wood screws.
            (b) A machine tool resembling a lathe, having a number of
                  cutting tools that can be caused to act on the work
                  successively, for making screws and other turned
                  pieces from metal rods.
      {Screw pine} (Bot.), any plant of the endogenous genus
            {Pandanus}, of which there are about fifty species,
            natives of tropical lands from Africa to Polynesia; --
            named from the spiral arrangement of the pineapple-like
      {Screw plate}, a device for cutting threads on small screws,
            consisting of a thin steel plate having a series of
            perforations with internal screws forming dies.
      {Screw press}, a press in which pressure is exerted by means
            of a screw.
      {Screw propeller}, a screw or spiral bladed wheel, used in
            the propulsion of steam vessels; also, a steam vessel
            propelled by a screw.
      {Screw shell} (Zo[94]l.), a long, slender, spiral gastropod
            shell, especially of the genus Turritella and allied
            genera. See {Turritella}.
      {Screw steamer}, a steamship propelled by a screw.
      {Screw thread}, the spiral rib which forms a screw.
      {Screw stone} (Paleon.), the fossil stem of an encrinite.
      {Screw tree} (Bot.), any plant of the genus {Helicteres},
            consisting of about thirty species of tropical shrubs,
            with simple leaves and spirally twisted, five-celled
            capsules; -- also called {twisted-horn}, and {twisty}.
      {Screw valve}, a stop valve which is opened or closed by a
      {Screw worm} (Zo[94]l.), the larva of an American fly
            ({Compsomyia macellaria}), allied to the blowflies, which
            sometimes deposits its eggs in the nostrils, or about
            wounds, in man and other animals, with fatal results.
      {Screw wrench}.
            (a) A wrench for turning a screw.
            (b) A wrench with an adjustable jaw that is moved by a
      {To put the} {screw, [or] screws}, {on}, to use pressure
            upon, as for the purpose of extortion; to coerce.
      {To put under the} {screw [or] screws}, to subject to
            pressure; to force.
      {Wood screw}, a metal screw with a sharp thread of coarse
            pitch, adapted to holding fast in wood. See Illust. of
            {Wood screw}, under {Wood}.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Screw \Screw\, v. i.
      1. To use violent mans in making exactions; to be oppressive
            or exacting. --Howitt.
      2. To turn one's self uneasily with a twisting motion; as, he
            screws about in his chair.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Screw \Screw\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Screwed}; p. pr. & vb. n.
      1. To turn, as a screw; to apply a screw to; to press,
            fasten, or make firm, by means of a screw or screws; as,
            to screw a lock on a door; to screw a press.
      2. To force; to squeeze; to press, as by screws.
                     But screw your courage to the sticking place, And
                     we'll not fail.                                 --Shak.
      3. Hence: To practice extortion upon; to oppress by
            unreasonable or extortionate exactions.
                     Our country landlords, by unmeasurable screwing and
                     racking their tenants, have already reduced the
                     miserable people to a worse condition than the
                     peasants in France.                           --swift.
      4. To twist; to distort; as, to screw his visage.
                     He screwed his face into a hardened smile. --Dryden.
      5. To examine rigidly, as a student; to subject to a severe
            examination. [Cant, American Colleges]
      {To screw out}, to press out; to extort.
      {To screw up}, to force; to bring by violent pressure.

From Jargon File (4.2.0, 31 JAN 2000) [jargon]:
   screw n.   [MIT] A {lose}, usually in software.   Especially used
   for user-visible misbehavior caused by a bug or misfeature.   This
   use has become quite widespread outside MIT.

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (15Feb98) [foldoc]:
      (MIT) A {lose}, usually in software.   Especially used
      for user-visible misbehaviour caused by a bug or {misfeature}.
      This use has become quite widespread outside {MIT}.
      [{Jargon File}]
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